Express Newspapers’ national titles have all taken big hits in circulation, according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations figures. The Sunday Express plummeted 17.2% year on year, and 4% month on month, while the daily edition fell 3.3% year on year.
The Daily Star and its Sunday sister title – both owned by Express Newspapers – also recorded disappointing figures. The Daily Star fell 7.1% year on year to 723,905, though managed to remain steady month on month. The Daily Star Sunday also fell 4.6% to 366,523 year on year.
In contrast, Associated Newspapers’ Evening Standard continued its fightback after suffering at the hands of the freesheets. It rose 8.3% year on year to 288,157. However, the group’s Daily Mail title recorded a small fall, while the Mail on Sunday fell 2.67% year on year and also fell 5.44% to 2.2 million month on month.
Guardian News & Media’s Observer returned strong growth both year on year and month on month, although The Guardian was weaker, falling 2.43% year on year and was also down 6% to 355,634 month on month.
News International’s The Sun stayed above the 3 million mark, while News of the World recorded a small 2.7% year on year fall to 3.3 million, but was steady month on month.